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A Walk in the Woods

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Hoh Rainforest, 2012

Hoh Rainforest, 2012

I made this image several weeks ago on a trip to the Olympic National Park. This was a path through the Hoh Rainforest, a national treasure with enormous, jaw-dropping stands of magnificent moss-covered old growth.

1/100 second at f/4, ISO 800. Nikon D800E + Nikkor AF-S 24-120mm f/4.

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October 5, 2012 at 3:15 am

LIGHT ON THE LAND, III

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Tree Trunks I, Green Lake, 2012

Tree Trunks I, Green Lake, 2012

A friend asked what I think of the Sony NEX-7 for a travel kit so I have been diligently trying to put it through it’s paces.

I shot Tree Trunks I under the dense mid-summer tree canopy. The difference in EVs between the highlights and the rest of the bark was huge…maybe 5 or 6 stops. I processed the RAW file in Lightroom, doing a fair amount of dodging and burning to get the image to where it approximates what (I feel) the human eye/brain perceives. I was pleased to find that I could pull as much detail out of the highlights as I wanted.

Tree Trunks II was made under a typical cloudy Seattle sky. No direct sunlight to contend with but the location of this tree meant that certain portions of the frame were rather brightly illuminated by reflected light. In processing, I again applied some dodging and burning to even things out. The thing that pleased me about this image is that it shows how much detail the NEX sensor (+ inexpensive 55-210mm lens) is able to resolve.

Tree Trunks II, Green Lake, 2012

Tree Trunks II, Green Lake, 2012

Tree Trunks I: 1/25 second at f/13, ISO 400. Sony NEX-7 + E 55-210mm OSS.
Tree Trunks II: 1/60 second at f/8, ISO 400. Sony NEX-7 + E 55-210mm OSS.

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August 17, 2012 at 4:26 pm

Sunday’s Sunset

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Sunset, Richmond Beach, 20120805

Sunset, Richmond Beach, 20120805

It had been a 92 degree day. The sky didn’t look particularly promising but the tide seemed reasonable so on a whim, I picked a beach to watch the sunset. If nothing else, I’d treat myself to some cool ocean breezes. This is how things turned out.

2 seconds at f/13, ISO 100. Nikon D800E + Nikkor AF-S 24-120mm f/4.

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August 11, 2012 at 11:58 pm

I I X I

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The weather started off with great promise on Sunday. But the further north we drove, the further south things went. I made this image during a brief pause in the weather. (So brief, in fact, that there are a few raindrops hitting the water.)

1/250 second at f/13, ISO 800. Sony NEX-7 + E 55-210mm OSS.

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July 27, 2012 at 5:46 pm

Sunset, 20120304

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One of my favorite activities is catching sunset by the water. It allows me to decompress and recharge; a gorgeous blue hour keeps me in good spirits for days. But the confluence of weather and work this winter has offered me relatively few opportunities to participate in this favorite activity.

Sunday evening brought the potential to make a few frames. I arrived with lots of time to spare but as the big orange orb edged it’s way towards the horizon, the anxiety began to build. It used to feel like I ran through each sunset shoot as if on autopilot. But today, I struggled with composition and finding the right technical settings. And as quickly as the sun was racing past the horizon, so my window of opportunity was closing. I hurried through several frames. This is one of the images that I was able to capture. Shooting seascapes is about relaxing and making a good memory. On this day, it felt like just really hard work. 😉

Photog Notes
f/13, 1/4 second at ISO 200. To help tame the dynamic range, I applied a 2-stop hard-edged graduated neutral density filter when I made the exposure. But the histogram and on-screen blinkies confirmed that I still had blown highlights (where the sun had just dropped below the horizon and in the clouds directly above), so I snapped an exposure just for those areas and manually blended them into the overall image.

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March 10, 2012 at 4:30 pm

That Time of Year

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And so it begins.
The shortening of the days, the brisk chill in the air, the falling of the leaves.
I bank the memories of sunny days like today to help me make it through the coming weeks, when the days are cold and rainy and dusk descends at 4:30.
That Time of Year

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